Oklahoma! [1998 Royal National Theater]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Director Trevor Nunn's London revival of Oklahoma!, produced under the auspices of the Royal National Theatre, which opened at the National's Olivier Theatre on July 15, 1998, and transferred to the West End on January 27, 1999, was a powerful reimagining of a classic musical for the '90s in the tradition of the National's earlier Carousel. Remembered as a landmark of the 1940s that influenced the development of the integrated musical, Oklahoma! was the victim of its own success in subsequent decades, often seen as outdated and sentimental. But director James Hammerstein blew the cobwebs off it in 1979, and Nunn did the same thing nearly 20 years later, giving the show...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Director Trevor Nunn's London revival of Oklahoma!, produced under the auspices of the Royal National Theatre, which opened at the National's Olivier Theatre on July 15, 1998, and transferred to the West End on January 27, 1999, was a powerful reimagining of a classic musical for the '90s in the tradition of the National's earlier Carousel. Remembered as a landmark of the 1940s that influenced the development of the integrated musical, Oklahoma! was the victim of its own success in subsequent decades, often seen as outdated and sentimental. But director James Hammerstein blew the cobwebs off it in 1979, and Nunn did the same thing nearly 20 years later, giving the show a more realistic feel. Unlike director Nicholas Hytner, whose Carousel paved the way for this production, Nunn didn't so much emphasize the show's darker aspects (there aren't that many in Oklahoma!) as infuse it with energy and Western enthusiasm. Casting boisterous Hugh Jackman as Curly and pairing him with vivacious Josefina Gabrielle as Laurey didn't hurt, either. The rest of the principal cast doesn't quite keep up (and Vicki Simon's Ado Annie has a bit too much of a legitimate voice for her comic role), but the chorus certainly does, and even though you can't see multiple Tony winner Susan Stroman's choreography, you can, for the first time on an Oklahoma! recording, hear the full-length dream "Ballet." There have been many recordings of Oklahoma!, and the best of them represent their times -- the original Broadway cast album defining the World War II era, the original soundtrack characteristic of the widescreen film musicals of the 1950s, the 1979 Broadway revival cast a reaffirmation of American values in the post-Vietnam period. This is an Oklahoma! for the '90s, full of imagination and technical know-how, and extended to full CD length.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/24/2006
  • Label: First Night (Red)
  • UPC: 766927341120
  • Catalog Number: 73411
  • Sales rank: 54,565

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Original London Cast Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor
Will Track Performer
Paul Cameron Percussion
Trevor Burley Cello
Tim Holmes Clarinet, Saxophone
Neil Johnson Tom-Tom, Vocals
Ann Morfee Violin
Mark Pharoah Violin
Marti Robertson Clarinet, Saxophone
Steve Russell Double Bass
Philip White Trombone
Sian Bell Cello
Tom Dwyer Vocals
Gillian Findlay Violin
Phil Hopkins Harmonica, Percussion
Julian Tear Violin
John Owen Edwards Conductor, Musical Direction
Andrew Parker Viola
Tracy Holloway Trombone
Gavin McNaughton Bassoon
Nic Pendlebury Viola
Peter Polycarpou Vocals
Julia Singleton Violin
Kevin Wainwright Vocals, Chalmers
Jayne Spencer Violin
Ann McAneney Trumpet
David Michael Anthony Horn
Caroline O'Neill Viola
Anna Hemery Leader
Helen Anker Vocals
Julie Barnes Vocals
Warren Carlyle Vocals
Leigh Constantine Vocals
Philip Cox Vocals
Marilyn Cutts Vocals
Amanda Courtney Davies Vocals
Zoe Dawson Vocals
Susie Dumbreck Vocals
Howard Ellis Vocals
Josefina Gabrielle Vocals
Shuler Hensley Vocals
Shaun Henson Vocals, Sampling
Sarah Ingram Vocals
Hugh Jackman Vocals
Jimmy Johnston Vocals
Nicola Keen Vocals
Gavin Lee Vocals
Maureen Lipman Vocals
Sidney Livingstone Vocals
Fergus Logan Vocals
Stuart Milligan Vocals
Helen Missing Vocals
Craig Purnell Vocals
David Shelmerdine Vocals
Vicki Simon Vocals
Rebecca Thornhill Vocals
Nancy Ruffer Flute, Saxophone
Tim Hayward Trumpet
Richard George Violin
Laura Melhuish Violin
Ian Balmain Trumpet
Richard Skinner Bassoon
Richard Ashton Horn
Dean Foley Horn
Paul Martin Viola
Paul Moylan Double Bass
David Bentley Horn
Phillip Hopkins Harmonica, Percussion, Drums
Sonya Fairbairn Violin
Jimmy Johnston Vocals
Amanda Courtney-Davies Vocals
Alex Collinson Keyboards
Neil Johnson Vocals
Gregory Warren Wilson Violin
Mitchell Dalton Banjo, Guitar
Huw Clement Evans Oboe, Cor anglais
Philip White Trombone
Martin Robertson Clarinet, Saxophone
Caroline O'Neill Viola
Fiona Clifton Welker Harp
Oklahoma Cast Ensemble Choir, Chorus
Daniel Anthony Horn
Rosemary Henbest Violin
Elspeth Cowey Violin
Ivo Jan van der Werff Viola
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
David Caddick Producer
Oscar Hammerstein II Author, Text
Bert Fink Synopsis
David Hunt Engineer
Paul Groothuis Sound Design
Theodore S. Chapin Liner Notes
Susan Stroman Choreographer
Trevor Nunn Director
André Horstmann Programming
David Krane Arranger
Stephen Mear Associate Choreographer
Stuart Calder Assistant Management
Courtney Bryant Stage Manager
Malcolm Ranson Contributor
Patsy Rodenburg Composer
Joan Washington Dialect Coach
Stu Calder Assistant Management
Emma B. Lloyd Stage Manager
Pippa Meyer Assistant Management
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Reneweal of Broadway Classic

    This is one of the best performances of Oklahoma! I've ever seen. The CD is amazing and you can just see the show going on by just listining to the music. Amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    just saw the pbs special!

    and i can't tell you how impressed we were with this production!! what a delight it was to see hugh jackman as the star of a broadway(london) musical. the soundtrack is a welcome addition to our collection

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